Pluripotent stem cells have been an important tool for researches in hepatology, starting with mouse embryonic stem cells and transgenesis. Together, with other animal models, they largely contributed to our current knowledge in hepatic cells development and disease modeling. Therefore, with the possibility to manipulate human embryonic stem cells and more recently human induced pluripotent stem cells, there was an existing substratum to study these processes in a human environment, which contributed to the tremendous explosion of the emerging Liver Regenerative Medicine field. The use of such cells in the last few years has been already at the origin of numerous breakthroughs in disease modeling, host-pathogen interactions studies, or liver bioengineering and many are to come.
Investigators are invited to participate in a special issue on „Human Pluripotent Stem Cells in Hepatic Development, Liver Reconstruction and Disease Modeling“ through original research articles at the forefront of this fast pace moving field as well as reviews describing current and forthcoming challenges.
Lead Guest Editor is Karim Si-Tayeb (Institute of the Thorax, Nantes). Guest Editors are Gareth Sullivan (Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo), Robert Schwartz (Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York), Nathanael Raschzok (Charité – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin), and Tamir Rashid (King's College London).
Manuscript Due: Friday, 23 January 2015
First Round of Reviews: Friday, 17 April 2015
Publication Date: Friday, 12 June 2015